Ronin #05 is one of four special builds featuring commissioned artwork by local Denver, Colorado artists. This particular motorcycle was designed by Jason Thielke, and his art can be described as a complex mix of linear style with dynamic motion. In his own words, Thielke's art reflects the "conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify." The application of his art to a motorcycle was a unique challenge, and the artist insisted on becoming the tool to the canvas with hand-masking each individual line, acid etching patterns into raw aluminum, and using blasting media to create contrasting elements of shape and pattern. Ronin Motor Works is honored to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Thielke on this incredibly visual and captivating motorcycle design. For more of Thielke's work, please visit www.jasontheilke.com.

Number 5 is the first of the final group and is named after Horibe Kanamaru. He was a man of high birth. Though he was 78 years old his mind and body were fully equal to those of a youth. They really owed to him a great deal of the success of their exploits.  - Forty Seven Ronin 1893